Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Break and Enter

Title: Break and Enter
Author: Etienne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-010-3
Genre: {M/M} Mystery, Series
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx   

George and Mike, along with their dog Thor, arrive at their mountain cabin for a two week vacation. Thor begins to whine and when George goes out to investigate, he discovers a small boy asleep in their generator shed.  

Break and Enter is the third book in the An Avondale Story series.  In this episode, five year old Robbie witnessed his father beating his mother to death.  Robbie escaped and hides in the shed.  Inquiries into the child’s identity reveal Robbie’s only relative is a very ill maternal grandmother.  George and Mike immediately decide to adopt Robbie.  Requesting help from friends, who happen to be powerful lawyers, the adoption is accomplished in one week.  Since George has been promoted to captain, he is not involved in the actual investigative work of crimes. 

Most of Break and Enter is centered on Robbie, along with George and Mike’s daily routines as well as the pitfalls of their real estate investment interest.  It also offers an example of gay on gay prejudice, in addition to a homophobic judge.   The mystery of the break-ins of homes all belonging to older gay men as well as the murder of a gay man is a very small part of the plot.  Etienne has created an interesting contemporary story with a touch of mystery.

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